Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser Teeth Whitening
Frequent Asked Questions
How it works
Our system will remove most stains with a gentle LED bleaching action that whitens your teeth. As the active ingredients in the gel (carbamide & hydrogen peroxide), are broken down, heat, oxygen, and light acts upon the stained organic deposits, which oxidizes them into a whiter color. This process makes the overall tooth color closer to its natural unstained color while your tooth structure remains unchanged. Years of clinical tests have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of this system. Over 95% of customers treated with this system achieve some level of tooth whitening. This procedure may or may not require additional whitening in order to achieve the desired lightened shade.
How many treatments will I need
The amount of whitening varies from client to client and cannot be predicted or guaranteed; but in general use, teeth may lighten anywhere from 6 to 12 shades on the whitening shade guide. The results depend greatly on how discolored the teeth were original. Yellow or brown teeth, surface stains, and uniformly darkened teeth are easiest to whiten. Additional whitening treatments may be needed in order to achieve the desired shade, especially with heavily stained teeth.
How long will the treatment last
This will vary from client to client and greatly depends on the types of foods and drinks you include in your everyday diet. This also greatly depends on your general dental hygiene habits. The effects from this bleaching process should last from 6 months to a year. Again, depending on your habits, periodic touch-up treatments may be recommended for those who drink coffee, smoke, drink red wine, iced tea, colas, and other staining foods. Typically, most people like to whiten again every 3 to 6 months
Is it safe
Yes, Laser Light’s FDA approved-for-market Beaming White whitening light and gel ingredients are safe and effective for cosmetic teeth whitening. With the strongest gel on today’s market. The dental industry has used this same technology and gel products for many years. This process does not change or damage the structure of the teeth, it just makes them appear whiter and brighter.
Hydrogen peroxide will have no negative effect on the integrity of fillings and crowns, but these materials will not whiten in any type of bleaching procedure. However, the peroxide will remove staining from composite materials
Does this procedure hurt
Most client experience no pain or sensitivity from the treatment. A very small percentage of clients experience some slight tingling sensations. We advise avoiding very hot or very cold drinks if tooth sensitivity does occur. If tooth sensitivity develops, fluoride home care gel can be recommended for reducing sensitivity. In the unlikelihood that sensitive persists for more then two days, we will recommend that you contact your dentist to check to see if there is an underlining issue. We also recommend that you visit your dental office regularly. Lastly, the bleaching gel, can come in contact with the gums, can cause temporary inflammation and white spots. This should resolve itself within a few hours.
Does your mouth or teeth get hot from bleaching light process
No. The LED light source is calibrated to produce a constant 103 degrees F. This is very comfortable, even to the touch.
Does the whitening system work on dentures or veneers
Yes and no, The process was designed to enhance the natural whiteness of the enamel, but clients do claim that it also brightens up veneers and dentures. Clients typically apply the gel product only to their natural teeth, allowing these treated teeth to lighten up to match a cap, crown, or veneer.
Other dental problems can affect the success of tooth whitening. For example, cavities need to be treated before teeth are whitened. That’s because the whitening solution can pass through decayed areas and reach the inner parts of the tooth. If your gums have receded, the exposed roots of your teeth may appear yellow or discolored. Whitening products will not make them whiter.
If you have tooth decay or receding gums, whitening may make your teeth sensitive. Whitening also does not work on ceramic or porcelain crowns or veneers.
The most common type of vital tooth whitening uses a gel that is applied directly to the tooth surface. This product contains hydrogen peroxide.
In-office whitening allows your technician to use a more powerful whitening gel than take-home products. A specialized light or laser activates the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster.
In-office whitening usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. You will need 1 to 2 appointments depending on how severe your stains are and how white you want your teeth to be. Different types of stains respond differently to the treatment.
Next, the technician will clean your teeth. This will remove the film of bacteria, food and other substances that build up on your teeth and contribute to the staining. Once this is done, the whitening procedure begins.
First, your technician will apply a substance that covers and protects the gums around the teeth. Then, the whitening agent will be placed on the teeth.
After the whitening agent is applied, the technician will shine the light on your teeth for 30 to 60 minutes. If they are badly discolored, your technician may suggest that you continue the bleaching process at home for a few days.
What It’s Used For
The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The color of natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel, combined with the color of the dentin under it. Your genes affect the thickness and smoothness of the enamel. Thinner enamel allows more of the color of the dentin to show through. Having smoother or rougher enamel also affects the reflection of light and therefore the color.
Every day, a thin coating (pellicle) forms on the enamel and picks up stains. Tooth enamel also contains pores that can hold stains.
The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:
- Using tobacco
- Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine
- Not taking good care of your teeth
- Aging makes teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker.
It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth. These are called intrinsic stains. For example, intrinsic stains can be caused by exposure to too much fluoride as a child while teeth are developing. Other causes include tetracycline antibiotics. They can stain a child’s teeth if taken by a mother during the second half of pregnancy or by a child who is 8 years old or younger. Teeth are still developing during these years. Trauma may also darken a tooth.
We recommend that pregnant and nursing mothers, children under the age of 14, diabetics and those with pre-existing medical or periodontal problems consult their physician/dentist prior to undergoing any whitening procedure. Consumers with severely tetracycline stained teeth may choose bonding and veneers as the best option. Tetracycline stain cannot be removed (Antibiotic abuse). Remember, teeth cannot be bleached whiter than genetically possible.
Sometimes after whitening treatments, teeth can be sensitive for 1 to 2 days. If this occurs you have options to reduce the pain.
Use a sensitivity toothpaste – sensitive toothpastes are formulated with ingredients such as potassium nitrate to relieve the pain associated with tooth sensitivity
Chew gum – scientists have found that more saliva is produced when chewing gum. And the act of chewing may distract people from the pain.
What causes the gum discoloration after whitening
Part of the gum line may turn white if extra bleaching gel comes in contact with these softer tissue areas. The peroxide component will bubble and turn white. This is a common occurrence in the dental industry known as “blanching.” The affected areas should return to normal in 30 to 60 minutes. Rubbing vitamin E on these areas will help relieve any sensitive issues and return the natural color of the gums.
What causes the white streaks in the teeth after whitening
These bright white streaks are caused by the calcium deposits embedded in the teeth. This will subside to normal over the next 48 hours or sooner.
Tips to prevent tooth discoloration after teeth whitening
Once you’ve completed a whitening treatment, there are a few steps you can take to maintain your whiter smile.
Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages – coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, hard candy, berries and tomato sauce are all foods that can cause tooth discoloration.
Use a straw – when drinking beverages, use a straw to keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth.
Quit smoking – smoking tobacco can cause teeth to become discolored. Eliminating tobacco can help keep your teeth bright.
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